Various religious parties staged demonstrations in different parts of the city on Friday to protest an anti-Islam film that surfaced in the US.
The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) staged a rally from Jama Masjid al Falah in North Nazimabad to the Matric board office.
Addressing the participants after Friday prayers, JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan said the film was a conspiracy against Muslims across the world and it had hurt their sentiments.
“The powers that blame Muslims for extremism and terrorism are sowing the seeds hatred through these actions. “The US and a part of the West are continuously revealing their anti-Islam policies.”
The JI chief said no religion allowed insulting any personality of another faith, particularly a prophet.
“Muslims have been provoked under a conspiracy to destabilise interfaith peace and harmony. Muslims can never tolerate any attempt to offend the Holy Prophet (PBUH).”
Speaking on the murder of the US ambassador in Libya in response to the film, Hasan said such a reaction was always on the cards after how the feelings of Muslims were hurt.
“The US and those with a particular mindset will have to face the consequences if they continue conspiring against Islam.”
He demanded that the government should summon the US ambassador to Pakistan and lodge a strong protest over the film on behalf of the nation. Separately, the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) staged the ‘Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah (PBUH) Rally” from Abbas Town to Abul Hassan Ispahani Road to lodge their protest against the film. Carrying banners and placards, the participants of the rally gathered outside Jamia Masjid al-Mustafa (PBUH) after Friday prayers, and chanted slogans against the US and Israel.
“The US and the Zionist Israeli regime are involved in producing the blasphemous film and it is an unpardonable crime,” said Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi of the MWM while speaking at the rally.
“Those who made the film have targeted the holiest person in all of creation and committed a great sin.”
Another scholar, Maulana Shabbirul Hassan Tahiri, said the “wicked move” was a result of the hostile policies of Zionists, the US and other arrogant powers of the world that were vainly trying to make young generations in the Islamic world lose respect for what was held sacred.
The MWM leaders said if the American politicians were sincere and not involved in the film, they should duly punish the perpetrators and the financial backers of the hideous crime.
The MWM announced that a huge rally would be staged on Sunday, and its participants would march up to the US consulate to register their protest against the movie.
They warned that the government would be held responsible if it created hurdles for the peaceful protesters.